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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Distance Learning at Home

What are some practical learning techniques we can do at home?

What should students be asked to do at home during distance learning?

There are many things that students can do during this time at home. It is a time for students to be learning and trying new things. Students can do a multitude of activities at home to continue to make progress in their education. Let's look at some of the solutions to learning math at home. 

Distance Learning at Home

It's a different world post COVID-19. Education will look different also when students return to school. What could students do now to prepare? There are many different solutions for learning math at home. Students can learn continue to work on making themselves better mathematicians. 

1. Study New Math Vocabulary

Students can practice grade level math vocabulary. Have students write math sentences daily or weekly using grade level terms. Assign 4 to 8 words a week depending on your grade level. Watch your students understand and make sense of the math concepts through their writing.

Learning the new math vocabulary is just as important as reading math word problems. When students read and write more math they become better mathematicians. 

2. Review with Math Games

This is easy to do at home if you already have some games in your house. Are there games with counting, strategy, or problem solving? These are all math skills that you can practice through play. 

What games can you play at home? Here is a list of games that will help maintain or improve your math skills. 

  1. The 24 Game. This is my absolute favorite math game! Students have to add, subtract, multiply, or divide the numbers to get an answer of 24. They also have a version for middle school with Integers and a version for middle school and high school with Algebra Exponents
  2. Monopoly. Strategy games are great for kids to practice problem solving. Learn how to pay for properties and rent. Kids learn life skills also while playing. 
  3. Proof! Math Game. A fast paced game of mental math. It's a brain game that takes only 15 minutes. You will improve your mental math in all operations. 

3. Become more Fluent

Try a fluency printable daily or weekly. Keeping up mental math operations will help ease the transition into school later on. Math fluency is important. The only way to become more fluent is to practice it often. 

4. Be Inspired by Mathematicians

Students can do their own research about mathematicians. Specifically ask students to research the plague of 1666 and Sir Issac Newton. What happened while he was away from school? What did he invent? Get kids thinking and make their own math inventions during this time. 

5. Practice Math Skills

Students can practice grade level math skills with these engaging printables and worksheets. Continuing to practice them will keep the math concepts fresh in their minds. It's important to do this because students typically lose two and a half months of learning during the Summer, but now with the additional quarantine + Summer students will lose five months of learning. 

How much should kids be practicing a day? Ten to twenty math problems depending on difficulty and grade level. Kids should have enough practice to maintain their math skills. Think of it like brushing your teeth. If you didn't brush your teeth for five months what would happen?

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    Just remember. This is not homeschooling. Parents need help with teaching their children. Teachers are the professionals. Teachers know how to teach best. Help students continue to grow during this time. Make today's educational experience as humane, kind, generous, caring, and joyful as it can possibly be.

    Happy Distance Learning!